Infrastructure and Real Estate
1.0 Transportation and Communications
St. Lucia has an adequate road network which links all villages and towns to the city of Castries.
There are two major multi-functional ports fully equipped with facilities for berthing, loading and unloading, and bulk cargo storage both serving regular freight sailing to the United States, Canada, Britain and the other Caribbean islands. Port Castries, located in the northwestern coast of the island, is the main port for the import and export of cargo, and serves a diversified trade from container traffic to cruise passengers. Port Vieux Fort, situated in the south has a container terminal and multipurpose cargo handling facility designed to cater to the largest vessels currently trading in the region. A number of shipping lines provide services to St. Lucia on a regular basis, some of which include Geest Lines, Tecmarine Lines, Tropical Shipping and many more.
There are two airports in St. Lucia. Hewanorra International Airport is located in Vieux Fort and accommodates large transatlantic and all international flights from Canada and Europe. George F.L. Charles Airport is located in Castries and accommodates small and medium-sized aircraft from within the region and USA.
Postal services are provided by the St. Lucia General Post Office with a number of outlets located throughout the island. There are no direct deliveries however, post boxes are widely utilized and available. The service is efficient and reliable and the cost is comparatively inexpensive.
St. Lucia has an efficient telecommunications system capable of providing a full range of services including International Direct Dialling, ISDN, Telegrams, Internet, and wireless (cellular) services.
St. Lucia has a reliable supply of electricity provided at 220 volts AC, 50 cycles per second.
2.0 Real Estate
Industrial Estates and Business Parks:
For manufacturing industries, there are adequate industrial estates available at strategic locations on the island, each providing a range of warehousing, factory shells, and office and showroom space. A special Informatics Business Park is available as well.
Commercial Office Buildings:
The city of Castries is the centre of all commercial activity and the seat of government. There is a fair amount of commercial office space available in the downtown core, however, investors involved in international financial services and related services may find a suitable space and location between the Castries and Gros Islet urban region.
There is very limited flat land with beach front available due to the recent increase in resort development on the island. A number of suitable hillside locations are available which, when designed and developed with the environment in mind, provides a unique tropical paradise of its own (St. Lucia is an island therefore, the beach is always 5 minutes away). There are a few locations designated as special development areas which are available for tourism investment projects which would seek to highlight the heritage and natural environment of St. Lucia.